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Research experience

From January 2022: Assistant Professor at Utrecht University (Departement of Cell biology, Neurobiology and Biophysics).
September 2016-December 2021: Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral Fellow in Ewa Paluch’s team, MRC/LMCB, University College London, UK and Cambridge University. Stem cell asymmetric divisions. (1st June 2020- 3rd October 2020: maternity leave)
September 2015-August 2016: Post-doc position (EMBO Fellow) in Ewa Paluch’s team, MRC/LMCB, University College London, UK. Stem cell asymmetric divisions.
July 2014-August 2015: Post-doc position (LabeX Memolife) in Marie-Hélène Verlhac’s team, Asymmetric Divisions in Oocytes, CIRB, Collège de France, Paris, France. Cortical tension and symmetric divisions in embryos.
September 2011-July 2014: PhD student in Marie-Hélène Verlhac’s team, Asymmetric Divisions in Oocytes, CIRB, Collège de France, Paris, France. Cortical tension and asymmetric divisions in oocytes.
November 2010-June 2011: Internship in Université Paris VI and CIRB, Collège de France, Paris, France in Marie-Hélène Verlhac’s team, Asymmetric Divisions in Oocytes.
February-June 2008: Internship in Gang Xia’s team, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China.
June-July 2007: Internship in Matthieu Piel’s team, Institut Curie, Paris, France.

Awards & Funding

2022: NOW Vidi 2021 (800000€ funding)
2021: ATIP-Avenir 2021
Inaugural BSCB postdoctoral researcher medal for 2021
2019: ASCB-EMBO travel award for the 2019 ASCB-EMBO meeting
2019: Runner up for BSCB2019 postdoc poster prize
2018: Honor Fell Award (BSCB travel award, for ASCB2018)
2016: Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship 2016-2020
2016: HSFP  Postdoctoral Fellowship 2016 (declined)
2015: EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowship 2015
2015: Young researcher prize from the Bettencourt-Schueller foundation 2015
2015: PhD prize Le Monde de la Recherche Universitaire 2015.
2015: Travel Grant for the October 2015 EMBO workshop “Stem cell mechanobiology in development and disease”
2015: Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
2014: Student award and poster Prize for the 2014 “Physics and Biological Systems” meeting
2013: ITMO BCDE Grant for the 2013 ASCB Meeting (declined)
2013: Société de Biologie Cellulaire Française Grant for the 2013 ASCB Meeting


Talks (Invited talks)
March 2022: Dutch society for Cell Biology meeting
November 2021: Theory of the Living Matter Cambridge (virtual)
June 2021: i2BC (virtual)
May 2021: Institut Jacques Monod (virtual)
April 2021: University of Utrecht Cell biology (virtual)
April 2021: Institut of Biology Valrose Nice (virtual)
April 2021: Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle de Lyon (virtual)
March 2021: (upcoming) Louisiana State University, department of biology
February 2021: NICHD (virtual)
February 2021: ZMBH Heidelberg (virtual)
January 2021: IST Austria (virtual)
December 2020 (upcoming):  ASCB 6th Biannual Frontiers in Cytokinesis (virtual)
December 2020 (upcoming): Company of Biologists workshop “Cell State Transitions: Approaches, Experimental Systems and Models”
November 2020:  From Cells to Embryo (virtual)
October 2020: Host Yan-Lan Mao (MRC/LMCB, UCL, London, UK)
March 2020: MPI-CBG (Dresden, Germany)
February 2020: Host Prof Marie-Emilie Terret (College de France, Paris, France)
December 2019: ASCB (Washington DC, USA)
November 2019 : EMBL cell biology and biophysics
December 2018: Host Dr Orion Weiner (USCF, Cardiovascular Institute, USA)
December 2018: ASCB 5th Biannual Frontiers in Cytokinesis (San Diego, USA)
November 2018: Host Dr Gabriel Galea (UCL GOS Institute of Child Health, UK)
July 2018: Stem Cells @Lunch (King’s College London, UK)
May 2016: Circle Meeting (Institut Pierre Gilles de Genne, Paris, France)
September 2015: Physics of the Living Matter (Cambridge, UK)
September 2014: Building the Cell (Institut Pasteur, Paris, France)
April 2012: Microtubule Club (Institut Curie, Paris, France)

Teaching, outreach and institutional activities

From 2022: Lecturing at Utrecht University
2017-2022: Lecturing and marking in undergrad Advanced Cell biology class (UCL, UK); lecturing in Cytoskeleton and Cell cycle for rotation students (LMCB, UCL, UK)
June-July 2019:  Supervision of a BCs student
2018-2019: Supervision of a BCs student
July 2017: Supervision of a In2Science student
May-July 2017: Supervision of a master student
June 2017: Supervision of a high school student
2016-2019: Undergrad and rotation student course.
Summer 2016: Supervision of a PhD student during Prof Paluch’s maternity leave
August 2014: Supervision of a master student
2011-2014: Teaching at Université Pierre et Marie Curie. Pratical and theoretical courses in LV102 (Living diversity), 1V001 (living unity and diversity), LV206 (vegetal biology) (64h per year)
September 2013- july 2015: Oral preparation “Colles” in BCPST2, lycée Henri IV, Paris (3 hours per week)

Institutional activities
2016-2020: Organizer of the cytoskeleton club
2016-2018: Member and chair of the LMCB postdoc committee. Organization of an in-house EMBO bi-annual lab management course (first edition May 2018), development of teaching activities for postdocs, development and organisation of an Early Career Seminar series, development of a postdoc network, science policy discussions, organization of professional development seminars, organization of postdoc invited speakers (Prof Karen Oegema, Sept 2017, Prof Mark Kirschner Nov 2018, Prof Iain Cheeseman Nov 2019).

Member of the scientific committee of “Les Ernest, 15 minutes conferences to change our vision of the world” ( 2009-2014)
Fête de la Science 2013


June 2018: EMBO lab management course (EMBL, Germany)
September-October 2012: Summer school on actin dynamics (University of Regensburg, Germany)
2011-2014: PhD student (grant from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris) in Marie-Hélène Verlhac’s team, Asymmetric Divisions in Oocytes (CIRB, Collège de France, Paris).
2012-2013: BSc of Chinese language, literature and  civilization (Université Paris 7), mention « Très Bien ».
-Journalism degree at Centre de Formation des Journalistes (Paris, France)
-French competitive undergraduate teaching qualification (Agrégation externe SV-STU)
-Master 2 in developmental Biology in University Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris VI, mention « Bien ».
-BSc and Master 1 of biology in University Paris Diderot-Paris VII.
2003-2006: Classe préparatoire BCPST (french competitive preparation to french Grandes Ecoles in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geology) in lycées Clemenceau (Nantes) and Henri IV (Paris). Accepted in Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris) rank 21.
2003: Baccalauréat série S (option earth and life sciences), mention « Très Bien », mention « section orientale»

Random facts

I am french, from the west of the country, not too far from the seaside and close to Brittany, and I talk about cheese a lot. My favourite are Comté and Chaource.
I play ice hockey- quite poorly. I also like to bike, do yoga even though I am stiff as a tree trunk, swim, and run.
I love football (the real one, soccer) and have a Fantasy Premier League Football team. I like to watch football in the pub with a glass of Pinot Noir.
I have a journalism degree, a degree to teach biology and geology at the University level, and a bachelor in chinese language and litterature.

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